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“Kids get it”

I recommend to you the blog of Sister Michelle, an old friend and Lutheran deaconness in Minneapolis.  Sr. Michelle practices theology in the context of early childhood education.  Her most recent post is about enacting the theology of Lent, Transfiguration (Lutherans do the Transfiguration right before Lent, who knew?) and death with preschool aged children.

Sr. Michelle’s knowledge and practice of early childhood theology is second to none that I know.  And her thesis– that from infancy children are equipped to engage in Christian liturgy and praxis– is summed up well here:

Kids get it…that’s what I’ve learned this year.  When we take time to include them in our faith practices, they get it.  When we give them the tools to hear the Story and act it out, they get it.  There’s so much in liturgical worship that they can respond to and interact with.  They get it.

Preach it, Sister.

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Tanzania and James – December 2009 Update

December 8, 2009

Dear friends,

Natumaini ufufuo wa wafu, hata uzima wa ulimwengu utakaokuja.
“I expect the Resurrection of the dead, and the life of the age to come.”

Greetings from North Central Florida!  I had thought I’d be writing you from Ohio, where it was the plan to stay until the end of the year as I continue to build up my support network for long-term OCMC missionary service in Tanzania.

A phone call last week changed these plans.  My Grandaddy Hargrave, here on a farm just north of Gainesville, passed away early on the morning of St. Nicholas Day, December 6th.  I and many in my extended family were able to be with him in his last days.  Please pray for the repose of Robert Henry. Continue reading

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Memory Eternal, Grandaddy Hargrave

Grandaddy at the wheel of his Model M John Deere-- one of the first tractors ever in Alachua County

Robert Henry Hargrave, 83, of Gainesville, Florida passed away in his home early Sunday morning Dec. 6th, 2009. Robert Henry was born in Gainesville to Robert T. and Effie Hargrave on Jan. 27th, 1926. He joined the US Army after high school and served with the 18th Mechanized Cavalry in Europe during WWII. He was among the soldiers guarding the bridge at Remagan where the Allies first crossed the Rhine on the push to Berlin. After demobilization, Mr. Hargrave, like so many others of the “greatest generation”, went to college on the GI bill, married, got a job, raised a family and helped build the country. As a third generation Gator he earned Bachelors and Masters Degrees in Agriculture from the University of Florida. Robert taught vocational agriculture in Orange County for 10 years before moving back to Alachua County where he taught at Buchholz Jr. High, Howard Bishop Middle School and Mebane Middle School. He served as President of the Alachua County Classroom Teachers Association in 1964-65. Mr. Hargrave retired from teaching in 1978. Continue reading

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